THROUGH A DONATION from KAVOD: Ensuring Dignity for Holocaust Survivors and the Seed the Dream Foundation, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ, working with a team of 50 volunteers, assembled and delivered care packages to 155 Holocaust survivors in the community in early June.
JFS staff found vendors for the package contents, which included toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, personal care items, and food products.
Survivors are “very resilient,” said Susan Schechter, JFS director of older adults and disability services, but during the pandemic “they have been particularly hard hit because of their age and unfamiliarity with technology. Food insecurity has been a big issue since the start of the pandemic.
“Staff and volunteers have been calling to survivors on a weekly basis to ensure they are coping as best as they can,” said Schechter. “We have had volunteers grocery shopping and delivering Shabbat dinners since the beginning” of the lockdown, “but are grateful to now be able to provide hard-to-find and much-needed items.”
She added that many have told JFS they’ve missed attending the organization’s Café Europa socialization program for survivors. “Beginning June 16,” Schechter said, “we will hold our meetings remotely through Zoom and telephone. Our group is looking forward to getting together once again.”
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